A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Getting people to do fun or silly things while in a hypnotic state is humorous and harmless as long as it is done for fun and with the people's consent. It also supports the idea that it's ok to relinquish self control in exchange for money.
Positive Role Models
Keith Barry is a well-known hypnotist and mentalist in the entertainment industry.
Violence & Scariness
Those hypnotized are sometimes convinced that there are caught up in potentially violent events and yell, scream, or try to help. People are told to throw things into the audience, submerge their heads into tanks of water, and do other possibly dangerous things.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Contains some innuendo. People in various stages of undress are sometimes featured, but there's no nudity visible. Some contrived scenarios lead to some suggestive comments.
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Words like "hell" are sometimes audible.
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Products & Purchases
The contestants are playing for cash.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hypnotize Me is an adaptation of a popular British game show that features people competing in task-driven challenges while hypnotized. There's some sexual innuendo, potty humor, and challenges in which people appear in various stages of undress (though no nudity is shown). People in entranced states are told of impending violent events, and act accordingly. It's all meant to be funny, and promotes the skills of entertainment hypnotist Keith Barry. However, chances are that some viewers will view the events with a fair share of skepticism.
Is It Any Good?
This zany, unpredictable series features players who willingly give up complete control of themselves, and risk embarrassment, in hopes of winning money. Resident hypnotist Keith Barry sets them up for each scenario in a way that will guarantee awkwardness or even chaos. However, it's the individual participants' unexpected behaviors while hypnotized that create lots of the humor. But while some viewers may believe that the players aren't aware of what they are doing, skeptics will find little to change their minds about the validity of Barry's talents. Nonetheless, Hypnotize Me is entertaining, if not believable, for everyone.
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